SHS heads plead for exemption from blackouts

Senior High School heads have pleaded for exemption from rampant power cuts which they say is taking a heavy toll on their preparations for the external West African Senior School Certificate Examinations (WASSCE).

Telling the story of Accra Academy in the Greater Accra region, Joy News’ Francis Abban reported that 3 hours of evening studies known as Prep has been cut to 30 minutes because of blackouts.

Power supply to the boys school in the evening has been reduced so that they now have lights at night only once a week. This comes at a time when the final year students will be sitting for their exams next month.

The students also now have to take an early Supper at 4pm

“It is not good because we eat and we don’t sleep, we go out to play.”

Assistant Headmaster Nii Abbey Ashong is “pleading if some exemptions can be given to communities which have [Senior High] schools”.

Although the situation is the same at Wesley Grammar, the said prep has been shifted to 7;00am in place of Morning Assembly. Teaching hours now last till as late as 4pm and then break for early Supper.

The students then cross their fingers in the hope that by some providence, they will have electricity for evening studies.  In regular disappointment, they file out of class into their dormitories to sleep after 6pm while WASSCE inches closer.

In the Central region, Joy News regional correspondent, Richard Kwadwo Nyarko tells a familiar tale of unplanned power cuts.

At the St.Agustine’s College, a plant procured by their Old Students Association can only power their Dining Hall. Students cram into the hall in the evening for prep.

Adisadel College and Mfanstipim school have installed power plants that distribute power to the whole campus during power cuts.

But an unusual story of innovation is found at the University of Cape Coast. In one of their halls of residence, Casely-Hayford Hall, there is a solar system that supplies lights at night.

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